Mandrake root (Podophyllum peltatum), or American mayapple, extract has some incredible topical properties for common skin growths like moles, warts, skin tags, keratoses, and even malignancies, and tumors. There is strong published science behind this. The active ingredient is podophyllin. It is an ancient remedy, and was even mentioned in the Bible. Never ever take this internally, as it is a highly potent purgative, and will cause extreme defecation. The paplilloma virus is the cause of all warts. Mandrake has a powerful ability to kill this virus. A 5% tea tree oil topical treatment is also very effective. (Just mix a half tsp of tea tree oil in Vaseline.) Mandrake will take care of far more skin problems than just warts. Remember this is NOT a cure- it is just symptomatic relief, and attacks the symptom, not the cause. This is allopathic treatment, and not to be considered a cure- even if the skin problem doesn’t return.
The 0.5% podophyllin creams sold are weak, and not very effective. You can easily make a much stronger extract yourself. Buy some chopped mandrake root online. Take an ounce and put it in a coffee grinder to make a coarse powder. Add this to a pint of 70% rubbing alcohol. Leave this to soak to a week. Shake it really well at least once a day. A warm place is best. After a week, just strain it and throw the extracted root away. Pour the alcohol solution into a plastic, glass, or ceramic (not metal) container, and let it evaporate into a thick syrup. Do not put it in the direct sun. Put this in a small bottle and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer for long term storage.
Use just a tiny amount to cover the wart or mole. For such skin problems doctors have expensive, toxic creams and gels. They also offer surgery electro cauterization or freezing. This doesn’t make sense, when you can use an inexpensive natural product. Never use this near your eyes. We do not know the effects on mucus membranes (like internal condyloma anal warts), so avoid using it for such internal mucal problems. Further research will tell us if this is safe for mucus membranes.
The side effects from overuse can include burning, redness, itching, swelling and pain. If you get any of this, discontinue using it. After you apply a small amount of mandrake extract, let it dry. Then cover it with any kind of adhesive tape for up to 24 hours. Never more than that. Do not use this on large areas of skin. Only use this once a week. The skin must completely heal before you can use it again. One time should do it. Never use this on raw, inflamed, infected skin, or open sores no matter how small. This is very, very irritating and harmful if you do. You should only need to use this ONE time for most all problems. If your problem isn’t solved after two applications, then see a dermatologist.
Some people have used these on malignant skin growths and skin cancers. Successful published studies were done over 50 years ago, but then stopped for some reason. Just two examples are Revue Medicale de la Suisse Romande v 80 (1960), and Minerva Medica v 45 (1954). Why no further research? Because there is no money and no profit in an inexpensive, over-the-counter, natural product like podophyllin.
Dermatologists and oncologists should be using podophyllin in every day practice, but they aren’t. They just want to sell extremely expensive, toxic, ineffective prescription creams and surgical procedures. Such drugs as fluorouracil and imiquimod are dangerous, and have minimal effectiveness, but they are very profitable. It is always good to see a doctor for diagnosis if you have an unusual growth on your skin. Doctors can be quite good at diagnosis.
This article is not meant as medical advice in any way. It is just information.